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November 1966

Stage-Acting, Role-Taking, and Effeminate Impersonation During Boyhood

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;15(5):535-538. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730170087013

PROFESSIONAL and lay persons alike are aware that certain types of people are found more frequently in certain walks of life. For example, it is commonly accepted that many homosexuals are found in association with the entertainment field, as in the acting profession. While there has been no adequate survey to verify this belief, reference to its authenticity runs the gamut from the classic psychoanalytic works of Otto Fenichel to a recent essay in Time magazine. Fenichel said: "The percentage of homosexuals seems to be higher among actors than in most other professions."1Time said: "On Broadway, it would be difficult to find a production without homosexuals playing important parts, either onstage or off. And in Hollywood, you have to scrape them off the ceiling."2

It is a moot question: Does the theater attract homosexuals because it offers such persons sanctuary owing to the presence of many other

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